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The Best Articles of the Year: Productivity
How to Scale Yourself and Get More Done Than You Thought Possible
This counterintuitive advice is one of a dozen-plus productivity practices preached by Scott Hanselman, a program manager at Microsoft, author and avid blogger and speaker. Hanselman's not the person you'd to expect to hear encourage dropping the ball and discourage burning the midnight oil.
The Disease of Being Busy
I saw a dear friend a few days ago. I stopped by to ask her how she was doing, how her family was. She looked up, voice lowered, and just whimpered: “I’m so busy… I am so busy… have so much going on.” Almost immediately after, I ran into another friend and asked him how he was.
No Time to Think
ONE of the biggest complaints in modern society is being overscheduled, overcommitted and overextended. Ask people at a social gathering how they are and the stock answer is “super busy,” “crazy busy” or “insanely busy.” Nobody is just “fine” anymore.
The Physics of Productivity: Newton’s Laws of Getting Stuff Done
In 1687, Sir Isaac Newton published his groundbreaking book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy, which described his three laws of motion. In the process, Newton laid the foundation for classical mechanics and redefined the way the world looked at physics and science.
70% of Time Could Be Used Better - How the Best CEOs Get the Most Out of Every Day
The average tech CEO works about 300 days a year, 14 hours a day. That’s 4,200 hours a year. The stats for most other tech leaders and startup employees aren’t too far off. It sounds like a lot of time, but for most, it’s not enough. Nearly 30% of that time gets sunk into email.
25+ apps to make your everyday life easier
At our small, fast-moving nonprofit company, everyone does a couple of jobs — and productivity apps help us manage roles that shift between coding, writing/designing and running a full-scale conference twice a year. We asked the TED staff what apps they can’t live without.
For A More Ordered Life, Organize Like A Chef
Americans are obsessed with celebrity chefs. We talk about them, tweet about them and try to eat like them. But could we learn something more from them than recipes and technique?
Getting Over Procrastination
Want to hear my favorite procrastination joke? I’ll tell you later. Piers Steel, a psychologist at the University of Calgary, has saved up countless such lines while researching the nature of procrastination. Formerly a terrible procrastinator himself, he figures a dose of humor can’t hurt.
Stop People from Wasting Your Time
We’re all too busy, spending our days in back-to-back meetings and our nights feverishly responding to emails. (Adam Grant, a famously responsive Wharton professor, told me that on an “average day” he’ll spend 3-4 hours answering messages.
6 CEO Productivity Tips to Steal for Yourself
Everyone knows that leading a company is one of the toughest gigs around.
How to Stop Time
IN the unlikely event that we could ever unite under the banner of a single saint, it might just be St. Expeditus.
5 Things You Should be Doing to Have an Insanely Productive Week
A productive week depends largely on what you focus on every working day and how much time you allocate to activities that take up your time (i.e. busy work). Working harder does not necessarily mean you are being productive. There will always be a better way to complete that task.
The Exact Amount Of Time You Should Work Every Day
Editor's Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014. Click here to see the full list. You know that taking frequent breaks is good for your productivity, focus, and creativity, but you just never seem to get around to it.
Four years ago I temporarily moved to Puerto Rico. I went to PR to seek the New American Dream, a dream that had swept through American business culture, launched a billion dollar self-help industry, alienated my generation, and killed uncounted people through its wild pursuit.
20 Time-Management Lessons Everyone Should Learn In Their 20s
Reuters/Tony GentileWhen you're just starting your career, you need all the help you can get managing your time. Even when you're working hard, you could be wasting a tremendous amount of time either by trying to multitask or by focusing too much on minute details.
Discovering Two Screens Aren’t Better Than One
For years, techies have argued that getting an extra monitor or two for your desktop computer is an especially effective way to increase personal productivity. The logic seemed airtight: Two (or more) computer monitors means more room on your virtual desktop, which means more room to do your work.
5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder
Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy." But we can all work smarter, too.
My Secret To Ridiculous Productivity. (I’m Using It Now)
I’m not saying this to brag–although I am certainly proud of these accomplishments. I am saying these things to prove that I know what I am talking about when it comes to productivity. Right now–as I type–I have a timer ticking down.
To Work Better, Work Less
Toiling away for more hours diminishes productivity. Why do so many do it anyway? Between 1853 and 1870, Baron Haussmann ordered much of Paris to be destroyed.
Too Busy? 7 Ways To Increase Leisure Time, According To Science
Feeling overwhelmed? Are you constantly running from thing to thing but never getting it all done? When researchers survey people, they say they’re too busy — about everything. Too busy to make friends, date, sleep, have sex, to go on vacation… or to even have lunch.
How to Be Efficient: Dan Ariely’s 6 New Secrets to Managing Your Time
Eric Barker writes Barking Up the Wrong Tree. It’s hard to be efficient.
The Cult of Overwork
For decades, junior bankers and Wall Street firms had an unspoken pact: in exchange for reasonably high-paying jobs and a shot at obscene wealth, young analysts agreed to work fifteen hours a day, and forgo anything resembling a normal life. But things may be changing.